Amicus Curiae

The following articles were also published in BusinessWorld.

August 19, 2015

It is time to revisit Article II, Section 26 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution which states: “The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.” Twenty-eight years since the ratification of the Constitution, this provision has not been fully implemented due to the absence of an enabling law.   In 2013... Read More

August 12, 2015

With the Commission on Election’s parallel biddings for the refurbishment of the existing Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines and the lease of new optical mark reader (OMR) units, the implementation of Republic Act No. 9184, otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act”, is again put to a test.    The challenges that the implementation of the law is facing... Read More

August 05, 2015

As the Philippine economy grows, shares of stocks are actively traded in the stock market. In the face of the Greek financial crisis and price fluctuations, some investors are selling their stocks, while some investors are taking this opportunity to purchase stocks at their desired price. Some say minority stockholders may be neglected when the majority stockholders of their company sell their... Read More

July 29, 2015

A popular soft drink company has been making waves on the Internet, thanks to a groundbreaking marketing campaign that also raises awareness against prejudice and stereotypes. Going against conventional branding wisdom, the company removed practically all the markings from its soft drink cans, leaving only a solid bright red paint scheme, a distinctive swooping ribbon design, and some text... Read More

July 22, 2015

The Philippine Competition Act is undoubtedly the most important piece of legislation enacted by the current Congress. When already effective, it is expected to level the playing field for investors in the country. Failure to comply with the law would result in criminal, civil and administrative penalties.    As of this writing, the consolidated bill has been transmitted to the... Read More

July 15, 2015

Emgoldex, on its Web site, http://www.emgoldex.com, is described as a company that specializes in the buying and selling of investment gold bars of different values. Over the past few months, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued several warnings against investing in Emgoldex, which is said to be a registered company either in Dubai or in Germany, depending on who you ask... Read More

July 08, 2015

In February, the Supreme Court released a ruling on the case of Milan vs National Labor Relations Commission. The case discussed the age-old question: Are exit clearances required by the company lawful? Can an employer withhold the final pay of its employees? And if so, for how long?    In a 2004 case, the Supreme Court held that employers have no legal authority to withhold an... Read More

June 30, 2015

It is plainly to our disadvantage as a nation that we are apathetic about cooperatives. In its latest Philippine Economic Update, the World Bank expressed confidence that sustaining the Philippines’ high level of growth and making it inclusive over the long term will enable the country to eradicate poverty and boost shared prosperity within a generation. In spite of this, it still seems like... Read More

June 17, 2015

A new government agency, headed by a Chairperson of Cabinet rank with security of tenure, may be in the offing. If the Philippine Competition Act is signed into law, an influential and potentially powerful Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) will be created, with the mandate to implement “the national competition policy [to] attain the objectives and purposes of the act.”   Just... Read More

June 09, 2015

The contribution of micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to our economy cannot be gainsaid. In the 2014-2015 Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum, we ranked 52 out of the 144 countries surveyed. Although we are behind our ASEAN neighbors Singapore (2), Malaysia (20), Thailand (31), and Indonesia (34), the study took note that the Philippines’ “gain of 33 places since... Read More